Invoice de Blasio: New York Metropolis mayor, Democratic presidential hopeful, and, apparently, impolite boy.
The a lot maligned politician just lately turned the 23rd Democrat to announce his candidacy for president, a transfer even his personal constituents really feel is an ill-advised waste of time. However now he’s on the market within the trenches, blissfully ignorant as he sits right down to make his gross sales pitch throughout interviews as an alternative of, I don’t know, fixing any of NYC’s myriad points. Which is how we acquired to the phrase that’s already setting the tone — or 2-tone — of his marketing campaign: “I like ska.”
Throughout an interview on CNN, de Blasio tried to keep at bay the criticism he’s been receiving, portray himself as a troublesome New Yorker who can stand as much as “Con Don.” Then got here time for a section referred to as “Candidate Mixtape”, throughout which New Day host Alisyn Camerota requested him to call his favourite band. de Blasio acknowledged it was The Conflict, which is a reasonably “cool” reply, as Camerota identified and he agreed to with a flat “sure.” Though, it ended up seeming extra like a play for a few of Beto O’Rourke’s fanbase when he was pressed to call a few of his favourite songs and mentioned “so many,” noting that London Calling has “many good hits” in an oddly smarmy tone.
He then talked about reggae acts like Bob Marley and Peter Tosh, which prompted Camerota to ask how he felt about ska. After which he mentioned it: “I like ska.” And the Web went wild:
“Have you ever ever been near tragedy, or been near of us who’ve?”
Ska lyrics that double as descriptors of his pointless marketing campaign. 🤷♂️ https://t.co/R6nPa4jFDQ
— Pierce (@PierceAH66) Might 21, 2019
“How do you’re feeling about ska” is a typical gotcha query https://t.co/t4fdx4cVNK
— Josh Barro (@jbarro) Might 21, 2019
I would not have guessed ska may match one other nail on its coffin however right here it’s. https://t.co/8U4Xxc14ED
— EL BARTO ANTIFA (@ElBartoArmy) Might 21, 2019
de Blasio’s primary marketing campaign promise: fourth wave of ska
— CJ Ciaramella (@cjciaramella) Might 21, 2019
It acquired much more cringeworthy when Camerota mentioned ska was the “combo” of de Blasio’s “punk aesthetic” (no) and reggae. The Mayor responded, “Alisyn, I didn’t know you had all this to you.”
“Oh sure, there’s a complete hidden ska occurring inside,” Camerota mentioned, bafflingly.
The interview ended with de Blasio high-fiving Camerota and saying the 2 ought to go to a Skatalites live performance collectively, showing impressed that she knew who they have been. “Now I’m involved,” uttered co-host John Berman. You and everybody else, Johnny boy.
Watch the entire intellectually stimulating back-and-forth under.